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Definitions What does the term "downzoning" mean to you?

What does "downzoning" mean?

  • Changing zoning to a more intensive, less restrictive zone (ex: R-1 to R-5)

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Dan

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As inspired by this thread. There's two definitions of "downzoning", each one the opposite of the other.

Current definition (after the mid-1970s) - rezoning "down" to a less intensive and more restrictive zone. (Example - rezoning from R-5 to R-1.)

Old definition (before the mid-1970s, more or less) - rezoning "down" to a more intensive, less restrictive, and thus less desirable zone, by the standards of a time where low density suburban development was the ideal. (Example - rezoning from R-1 to R-5.) This old definition supposedly persists in some pockets of the Northeastern US.
 

DVD

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I go with less intensive use, but it has to be clear what less intensive is. Our code is cumulative for a bunch of single-family, a bunch of multi-family, 3 commercial zones, and 2 industrial zones. Any zone outside of that scale is not considered because it doesn't have a proper up or down intensity even if you could fit it in somewhere.
 
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